Toxic pollution hidden behind “recycling”: Thai villagers who suffered from contamination finally won a fight for environmental justice


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Damages to the environment and natural resources, economic losses in the agriculture sector, impacts to local people’s health and mental health due to living in polluted area – these are some of the most serious impacts and damages caused by operation of Wax Garbage Recycle Centre Company. Now, after decades when chemical substances have been leaking from the factory area and contaminating the “Nam Pu creek” – the only reliable water resource for the people in Nam Pu subdistrict – the efforts of local Ratchaburi villagers have finally paid off. The Civil Court recently handed down a landmark verdict in their favour, ordering the company to pay millions of baht in compensation and to rehabilitate the environment.

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